The Henderson Salvation Army Adult Day Care Center will be able to renovate its facility over the next few months thanks to a donation from the estate of Mary Roberts, a former Henderson businesswoman and Planning Commission member.
“The building has been around since the early ’70s,” said Maj. William Cobb, the officer in charge of the Henderson Salvation Army. “We have had a few minor renovations since then. But due to the age of the building and the wear and tear, it is necessary to do a complete face-lift.”
The Henderson Salvation Army, 830 E. Lake Mead Parkway, broke ground on the renovation Feb. 15. Cobb said the project could take four to six months to complete.
About three years ago, the Henderson Salvation Army received $550,000 from Roberts’ estate.
“Somehow or another, she got involved with Salvation, along with two other organizations,” Cobb said.
Roberts also gave funds to Opportunity Village and St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church, Cobb said.
Roberts specified in her will that funds donated to the Salvation Army would go directly to the adult day care center, which provides care for adults with disabilities, respite care and seniors who require constant care.
“I think our youngest client is 20 and our oldest is 94,” Cobb said. “Some of our clients are intense. This gives (people who bring them in) a chance to go to the grocery store or run to the bank.”
Along with serving three meals to clients, the center provides activities such as bingo and dancing.
“It is not just a place where they look at each other and think, ‘What do we do?’ ” Cobb said.
Renovations are expected to include new landscaping, a commercial kitchen, a break room, restrooms for employees and new signs. Cobb said that right now, there are no separate facilities or break rooms for employees.
The project is estimated to cost $750,000. The remaining $200,000 is expected to come from the Salvation Army’s trust and donations.
The center is scheduled to remain open during construction. Currently, it serves 49 clients.
Cobb said the center plans to review whether it will increase the number of clients it can take in and apply for necessary licenses if it increases that number.
The adult day care center at the Henderson Salvation Army facility opened in 1986.
“At the time, we thought it would be significant to the community,” Cobb said. “There are now other organizations that provide services, but we are still deemed necessary.”
Along with providing care to seniors, the facility serves as a food bank and provides other emergency services.
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